Three weeks after being jailed, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa got a major relief when the Supreme Court on Friday granted her conditional bail making it clear that her appeal against conviction in High Court should be completed in five months from now.
AIADMK supporters erupted into boisterous celebrations near the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison, where Jayalalithaa is lodged since September 27, after the news broke about the apex court granting bail to her. They danced in joy and hailed their leader.
DIG Prisons P M Jaisimha had said on Friday that the release will happen "definitely tomorrow."
In swift compliance of the Supreme Court's directive while granting her bail in a disproportionate assets case, Jayalalithaa asked her party workers to maintain law and order.
In a statement, Jayalalithaa exhorted her party cadres not to "criticise or comment" on court orders delivered in the disproportionate assets case in which she was convicted.
In her first statement since September 27 when the special court in Bangalore sentenced her to four-year jail term and slapped a fine of Rs 100 crore, Jayalalithaa pleaded with her party cadres to refrain from criticising judges or verdicts of judiciary.
"I request all to maintain peace, law and order and not give anyone a chance to criticise", she said in the statement.
"I appeal to my beloved Tamils, my supporters and my party men not to criticise judgements or the judges who delivered them or the court proceedings, which will bring disrepute to the judiciary or make allegations against any one".
The Special Court in Bangalore had last month held Jayalalithaa and three others including her close associate Sasikala, V N Sudhakaran and Illavarasi, guilty of corruption.
The Karnataka High Court had on October 7 rejected the bail petition of Jayalalithaa and three others maintaining that there was no ground for granting such a relief, following which she moved the apex court.
Tamil Nadu had witnessed protests against the conviction of Jayalalithaa and sporadic incidents of violence causing damage to properties.